There is a Little Free Library along the road from my house to my office. It is just a wooden box with a framed door at the end of someone’s driveway. Inconspicuous, really. But, I recognized it immediately as I sped by every day but I have never stopped, until today.
It lured me in, over the past year, to finally check out a good book. A free book.
If you have never seen a Little Free Library before now, please check out this website, littlefreelibrary.org. I saw the website through a Facebook link the other day and this Little Free Library was registered on the map. It’s what gave me the courage to stop and give it a try.
I don’t know why I was afraid to stop. I guess I felt like it wasn’t totally my neighborhood (I live in the next neighborhood over the hill). I guess I felt like I didn’t know the people that live in this house (you know what they say about strangers!). I guess it was just new and unknown so I was scared. But, I did it. I stopped. I got out of the car. And, I picked out two books.
One for my son and one for me. It was easy to pick out a kid’s book. As a matter of fact, that was the most motivating power in stopping to get a book. If it was for a child, who could argue with that? Right? I took a few moments to look around the box and choose a good Dr. Seuss-type book. My son will like this one, I’m sure.
My book was a guilty pleasure. I didn’t pursue at all on my book, I just greedily (and quite randomly) chose the nearest paperback and quickly shut the glass frame to the library. I didn’t even read the back of the book to see the description until I got to my office this morning. At this point, the fear was sinking back in and my book choice was more of a “grab and go.” Silly me. No one was looking.
Do you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood? Have you ever stopped to get a book?
The website is pretty great and even has pre-built library boxes and kits to make your own. I have a feeling my husband will be building me one soon. I love this idea.
Oh, and I’ll let you know if my book is any good later. We’ll see … it’s a little bit conspiracy theory-ish and I probably should have taken my time to find a different one. Oh, well. Next time!